However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? ~ Buddha
There is no substitute for living. Living the life that you are proud of. Living a life in total honesty. Living, breathing in love, breathing out presence and luminosity.
With all of the difficulty to be found in life, the things that we can make choices about and control for ourselves should be the focus of our thoughts and activities. What we can be, we should. There is no excuse not to manifest the highest form of life if that is what is desired.
Granted, some people do not seek such. And their lives reflect that. In order to live what people call a good life, one first has to be good. To define good, one must first define what is bad and determine whether one's life fits within that category or not. Such terms are, of necessity, relative. And, they are filled with expectation, fulfilling pre-conceived ideas that may or may not be relevant to one's life.They are also reflective of desirous activities.
So, rather than attempting to be something in particular, why not just Be?
Why not just breath, and relax into life? Go past the desire to express what is our most innate potential?
Meditation can reveal that innate potential to us. By going deeper than the discursive thoughts, by breathing into stillness, that inner luminosity is birthed, shining from that eternal space within, filling the vessel and emanating outwards, into the world around us.
It is easier than obtaining desirous outcomes and less karmically indemnifying. If there is any goal in life, to live purely, without guile, expressing the innocence of a child, should be highest among them. A return to the Source is, in essence, a return to innocence.
It is obtainable, if we choose to just Be.